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The Bailan melon is a locally famous type of melon grown near Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu province in the People’s Republic of China.[1]

According to Chinese sources, the melons were introduced to China by a Mr. Wallace, Vice president of the United States, who donated melon seeds to the locals while visiting in the 1940s.[citation needed] This man was almost certainly Henry A. Wallace, Vice president under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who had a background in agriculture and had founded a major seed company, Pioneer Hi-Bred.[citation needed]

In photographs, the melons appear light yellow, orange or white, with a light green or apricot yellow flesh. From the description, they appear similar to cantaloupe or honeydew melon, and may in fact be the same species.[citation needed]

Written on April 18th, 2012 , Fruits Tags:

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